View Full Version : Is This An Australian Wattle Tree?

04-22-2006, 11:45 AM
I took this photograph in central Florida, but someone told me it was an Australian Wattle Tree. I couldn't find any photos of those that looked ANYTHING like this tree... do you know what it is?

04-22-2006, 02:07 PM
Although I can't make out much detail, from a distance it looks a lot like Mexican palo verde, a.k.a. Jerusalem thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata). Here's the Floridata page on that tree: http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/park_acu.cfm

P. aculeata is an invasive species in Australia, and maybe that's where the confusion came in. Your tree definitely doesn't look like the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), the National Floral Emblem of Australia.

04-22-2006, 04:00 PM
It does SORT of look like those, although the trunks of those trees seem a lot skinnier than this one. I think we're getting warmer though!!

04-22-2006, 05:37 PM
Due to the way trees grow, the trunk diameter is more of an indicator of age than of species. :wink:

More important for ID are things like leaves, flowers, fruit, and bark.

For example, here's a pic with a larger specimen (it's a bit dark, but oh well):

<img src=http://www.greenscenelandscape.com/images/parkaculeata.jpg>